St Francis Bay and the surrounding area provides a huge choice of attractions & activities. You can choose to do almost anything to nothing. Village House is the perfect base to explore from.
The building style of the village includes white painted houses with black roofs (either thatch or tiled roofs) on the canals or around the golf course, or a Mediterranean building style in Santareme and Port St Francis. The Kromme River is navigable for 10 km upstream, and is linked to the St Francis canals system.
Whales can be spotted in the Bay from May to late October and dolphins can be seen daily on their way back and forth between the bays of Cape St Francis and Jeffrey’s Bay. The Cape clawless otter is also ever present, frolicking in the waves and rock pools around Port St Francis and at Otters Landing. Bird life is abundant with over 200 species recorded in the area including the rare African oystercatcher and fish eagle.
Port St Francis includes a commercial and recreational harbour, built to host the squid industry freezing vessels, as well as a small harbour resort village. It lies in a sheltered nook of the bay and provides a safe anchorage for the boats, pleasure craft, and oceangoing yachts. St Francis Field is an airpark close to the Port that caters for those who wish to fly in.
Cape St Francis, a rustic fishing village, sits adjacent to St Francis Bay. Popular for surfing at Seal Point, its beautiful stretch of beach and the historic lighthouse, built in 1878. Walking trails wind along the rocky coast, through the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve, and along the Cape St Francis point links it to the village of St Francis Bay.
Things to do in St Francis
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Pop In Beauty Bar
If you don’t feel like venturing too far to get pampered, head right next door!
Captain Kev: Canal and River Cruises
Captain Kev operates on the St Francis Bay Canals as well as the Kromme river – 7 days a week. Contact them today and let Captain Kev take you on some canal & river cruises to remember. The fun certainly doesn’t stop there as various fun water sports are also available, have a browse to see what else is on offer. www.captainkev.co.za
Whale Watching, Fishing, Canal & River Safaris
From ocean fishing adventures to river cruises, St Francis Safaris have you covered, find out more by visiting www.stfrancissafaris.co.za.
St Francis parkrun
The St Francis parkrun is a free event which takes place every Saturday morning at 08:00 at St Francis Links. It is a 5km run – you against the clock and is great fun for the whole family. Run at your own pace and have fun! for more details about this event you can visit the website www.parkrun.co.za/stfrancis/
St Francis Market
Just a stone’s throw down the road at 167 St Francis Drive you will find the charming St Francis market. A Market by the locals for the locals. Entrepreneurs young and old bring their crafts, foods, fresh produce, bakes and other quirky goods. The market is open on Saturdays from 09:00 – 12:00. Have a look at their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/stfrancismarket/
St. Francis Point Vineyard
A premier wedding, function & conference venue located minutes from the ocean. The venue boasts two distinct and fully functional venues that can be tailored to suit your events requirements. The vineyard even boasts its own fully operational wine estate (producing it’s own Sauvignon Blanc). You can find out more by visiting their website https://www.stfrancispointvineyard.com
Three picturesque fishing villages, a rugged coastline, sand dunes as far as the eye can see, a tidal river, protected fynbos, wetlands and a visit to South Africa’s only privately owned working harbour. These are some of the ingredients that make up the Chokka Trail, a 62km slackpack hiking holiday between Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis. More info on their website. When you are done, come and enjoy a well deserved pamper at our on site Pop In Beauty Bar. Tired feet? Did someone say massage??
St Francis Village Fitness Gym is located just across the road in the Village Square Shopping Centre.
Indoor Swimming at Liquid Lines Pool, Cape St Francis
If you would like to swim a few laps, head over to Liquid lines pool located in the neighbouring Cape St Francis. For more details you can visit their website at www.liquidlinesunsalted.com
From takeaways to award winning restaurants & tea gardens, you can experience many of the fine establishments St Francis has to offer within easy reach of Village House.
Village Square Shopping Centre is the perfect place to purchase your daily groceries. You will find grocery stores, clothing, surfing, fishing, hair salons or anything in between without even having to get into your car.
And then some……
There are almost too many other activities to list – Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Squash, Tennis, Skydiving, Sand boarding, Sailing, Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Kite-surfing, Kayaking, Archery, Bowls, Clay Target Shooting, Canoeing, Cycling, Wake Boarding. Just about any activity you could imagine. It is no wonder that Village House is favoured by visitors locally and from abroad.